This website uses cookies. Read more. Okay

Foord International Feeder Fund


For conservative, absolute return-oriented investors in global markets



The fund aims to achieve meaningful inflation-beating US$ returns over rolling five-year periods from a conservatively managed portfolio of global investments reflecting Foord's prevailing best investment view.


•    With a moderate risk profile
•    Requiring diversification through investments not available in South Africa
•    Seeking to hedge rand depreciation.


Year Fund Return % Benchmark Return % SA Inflation %
2006 (from 01/Mar) 24.9 28.4 5.0
2007 9.2 4.6 8.9
2008 12.6 -19.0 9.5
2009 -6.9 -1.4 6.3
2010 -1.7 -1.6 3.5
2011 19.1 15.9 6.1
2012 16.4 22.3 5.7
2013 42.5 57.7 5.4
2014 8.7 16.3 5.3
2015 36.1 33.3 5.2
2016 -10.5 -3.9 6.8
2017 4.2 10.9 4.7
2018 4.1 6.4 4.5
2019 14.5 25.3 4.0
2020 12.3 22.3 3.1
2021 (to 31/Mar) 2.5 5.6 1.4


To achieve meaningful US inflation-beating ZAR equivalent returns over a full investment cycle.

Time horizon

Longer than three years.

Inception date

1 March 2006

Minimum investment

R50 000 lump sum or R1 000 per month

Significant restrictions

The portfolio may only invest in cash and one other collective investment scheme.

Income distributions

The Foord International Fund, in which the fund invests, does not distribute its income.

Income characteristics

Marginal to zero income yield as the Foord International Fund is a roll-up fund and does not distribute its income.

Portfolio orientation

Fully invested in the Foord International Fund, sub-fund of Foord SICAV, domiciled in Luxembourg.

Risk of loss

Currency volatility means risk of loss in the short term is high. In general, the risk of loss is lower than that of the average foreign equity fund.

Top 10
Security description Asset class Market Portfolio weight %
FMC Corp Equity US 8.4
ETFS Physical Gold Commodity GB 6.6
Nagacorp 9.375% 21/05/2021 Bond SG 5.9
SSE PLC Equity GB 5.6
Nestle Equity CH 5.5
CVS Health Corp Equity US 4.7
Alphabet Inc Equity US 4.5
Roche Holding AG Equity CH 4.2
Freeport-McMoran Inc Equity US 4.0
Wharf Real Estate Investment Property HK 3.9

Monthly Commentary – March 2021

  • Global equities (+2.7%) rose on expectations for accelerating global growth following vaccine rollouts—underpinned by further stimulus measures and ongoing accommodative monetary policy
  • Developed market equities (+3.3%) rallied on stimulus announcements and higher bond yields—the stronger US dollar and emergence of more virulent COVID-19 strains weighed on emerging markets (-1.5%)
  • Developed market bond yields rose again on higher inflation expectations—even as the US Federal Reserve downplayed inflation risks and reiterated its commitment to accommodative policy until unemployment and inflation exceeded its targets
  • The dollar strengthened against the euro (-3.2%), Japanese yen (-3.6%) and British pound (-1.3%)—US economic data continued to surprise to the upside
  • Industrial commodities oil (-3.9%) and copper (-2.2%) retraced on dollar strength—precious metals gold (-0.8%) and silver (-10.1%) declined on the opportunity cost of higher bond yields and the benign inflation outlook from central banks
  • US agriculture company FMC (+9.2%), retail pharmacy chain CVS (+10.4%), Scottish energy multi-national SSE (+9.9%) and Chinese insurer PICC P&C (+14.8%) contributed the most to fund performance —Wharf Real Estate (-4.6%) and US miner Freeport McMoran (-2.9%) detracted
  • The managers continue to favour equities over other asset classes—but remain cautious and partially hedged given lofty US equity valuations
  • The rand (+2.3% vs the US dollar) bucked emerging market currency weakness as Q4 2020 GDP growth surprisedthe lack of competitiveness and strained public finances continue to make the currency vulnerable over the longer term

The standard charge rate is a fixed fee of 0.35% plus VAT. A 1.00% annual fee is levied in the Foord International Fund.


Experience the compounding phenomenon of a sustained, long-term investment with Foord.

Using rand returns of Foord’s best investment view South African funds. ? In calculating the current value of your hypothetical investment, we have applied the returns of Foord Asset Management’s retirement fund track record from 1 January 1990 to 31 March 2008 (gross of fees) combined with the net returns of the Foord Flexible Fund of Funds from 1 April 2008. Any information provided is not intended nor does it constitute financial, tax, legal, investment, or other type of advice, and the suitability or potential value of any information or particular investment source is not guaranteed. Performance may be affected by changes in the market or economic conditions and legal, regulatory and tax requirements. Distributions may be subject to mandatory withholding taxes. Foord does not provide any guarantee either with respect to the capital or the performance return of investments.
Using US dollar returns of Foord’s best investment view global fund. ? In calculating the current value of your investment, we have applied the long-term returns of the Foord International Trust. These returns are calculated net of fees. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Foord Asset Management (Singapore) Pte. Limited disclaims any liability for any loss, liability, or damages (whether direct or consequential) of any nature whatsoever that may be suffered as a result of, or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly to the use of or reliance upon the information provided.
Value Today: R0
Annualised Return: 0%
The annualised return is the effective annual percentage return achieved over the term of the investment. Results for an investment term of less than one year should be treated with caution.


19 Apr 2021

Quo vadis, cleantech investors?

Renewed global commitment to the environment has ignited much investment chatter, driving stocks in the cleantech and renewables space to ultra-high valuations. Foord Singapore portfolio manager, Brian Arcese…

Read more

12 Apr 2021

Finding Inflation-beating Returns

Portfolio manager at Foord Singapore, Brian Arcese, reflects on the anniversary of the pandemic-driven sell-off and how investors can find inflation-beating opportunities in the markets.

Listen now
newsletter subscription